The Hero With A Thousand Faces, Third Edition, by Joseph Campbell

Joseph CampbellThe Joseph Campbell Foundation (JCF) and New World Library are proud to announce the September 2008 publication of famed mythologist Joseph Campbell’s seminal work The Hero with a Thousand Faces.

Newly redesigned, this edition is the latest title in their Collected Works of Joseph Campbell series and includes updated and expanded notes, and sixty new and enhanced illustrations.

Since its release in 1949, Joseph Campbell’s classic The Hero with a Thousand Faces has influenced millions of readers by combining the insights of modern psychology with Campbell’s revolutionary understanding of comparative mythology.

In its pages, Campbell outlines the Hero’s Journey, a universal motif of adventure that runs through all of the world’s mythic traditions, evident in the stories of such heroes as Buddha, Moses, Jesus, and Jason of the Argonauts.

The Hero With A Thousand FacesAs relevant today as when it was first published, Hero continues to find new audiences among students and professors in fields ranging from anthropology and the history of religion to literature and film studies. The book has also profoundly influenced creative artists, including authors, songwriters, game designers, and filmmakers- George Lucas cites it as the inspiration for Star Wars – and continues to inspire all those interested in the inherent human need to tell stories.

Joseph Campbell (1904-1987) was an inspiring teacher, popular lecturer, and author, editor and translator of many books on mythology.

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Bio Continued: He went on to study Old French and Sanskrit at the University of Paris and the University of Munich. He learned to speak at least French, German, Japanese, and Sanskrit in addition to English. Campbell began his literary career by editing the posthumous papers of Indologist Heinrich Zimmer. With Henry Morton Robinson he wrote A Skeleton Key to Finnegans Wake , for which generations of puzzled readers of James Joyce have been grateful. Campbell studied the ideas of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, who had been a colleague of Sigmund Freud. Campbell’s work in mythology sought to bridge the seemingly disparate stances of Jung and Freud and their pivotal debate over the collective unconscious. Campbell also edited the first Eranos conference papers and helped to found Princeton’s Bollingen Press. Another dissident member of Freud’s circle who influenced Campbell was Wilhelm Stekel (1868 – 1939), who pioneered the application of Freud’s conceptions of dreams, fantasies of the human mind, and the unconscious to such fields as anthropology and literature.

Campbell was a professor at Sarah Lawrence College from 1934 until 1972. He married his student, Jean Erdman, a dancer, in 1938. He died in 1987, in Honolulu. – Bio from

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Joseph Campbell (March 26, 1904- October 30, 1987) was an American professor, writer, and orator best known for his work in the fields of comparative mythology and comparative religion.At Dartmouth College he studied biology and mathematics, but later transferred to Columbia University, where he received a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1925 and a Master of Arts degree in 1927. Campbell is considered by some to be one of the most famous autodidacts, or 'self-educators', and is sometimes seen as a poster child for this way of learning. More below...